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Sox minor leaguer's emotions on display while dedicating spring training hit to sister who died in Vegas shooting

Sox minor leaguer's emotions on display while dedicating spring training hit to sister who died in Vegas shooting

The White Sox are tragically connected to last fall's mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Christiana Duarte, sister of White Sox minor league player Mikey Duarte, was one of 58 people killed at a concert in Las Vegas.

Duarte, who is in big league camp with the White Sox this spring, hit a double in Wednesday's 4-3 loss against the Padres. After the game, Duarte became emotional, dedicating his hit to Christiana.

"That was for my sister," Duarte said.

Duarte did not attend the concert due to a head injury he suffered in rookie ball. He said he is blessed to play baseball despite his injury and losing Christiana.

"She’s in heaven, watching over me and my mom and dad," he said. "I’m just very blessed by God to play this game after a head injury and after losing her.

"Knowing that my sister is with me more now than she was back then is helping me get through the days playing baseball."

Check out the video above to see Duarte's hit and postgame comments.

Some crazy stats from the White Sox-Athletics 14-inning game

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Some crazy stats from the White Sox-Athletics 14-inning game

Wednesday's White Sox-A's game lasted five hours and 48 minutes. 

It went 14 innings and the White Sox lost by a 12-11 final score in Oakland.

A lot happened, and some of what happened seems like forever ago.

Remember how Carson Fulmer started the game? Or that Yoan Moncada hit a grand slam in the second inning? How about when the White Sox had an early five-run lead?

Like we said, a lot happened.

The South Siders didn't come out on top, but there were some wild stats our NBC Sports Chicago stats guru Chris Kamka compiled.

The good news? The White Sox have a day off on Thursday.

Eloy's comin' ... to Birmingham: White Sox announce top prospect to join Double-A team Thursday

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Eloy's comin' ... to Birmingham: White Sox announce top prospect to join Double-A team Thursday

Eloy's comin' ... to Birmingham.

The White Sox top-ranked prospect will finally see regular-season game action in 2018, with the team announcing Wednesday that Eloy Jimenez will join Double-A Birmingham on Thursday.

There's a ton of excitement over the White Sox impressive collection of young players, but perhaps no prospect has generated the kind of buzz Jimenez has since coming over from the Cubs in last summer's crosstown trade.

No one, though, has been able to see much of Jimenez during this calendar year. Sidelined for a couple weeks during spring training, he only got seven Cactus League at-bats, but he impressed in that short period of time, hitting two home runs and a triple. Then, just before the season started, he suffered a slight injury to his pectoral muscle that he's been working back from since, keeping him out of minor league action.

Jimenez, ranked as the No. 4 prospect in baseball, has hit 43 home runs in four minor league seasons. Before coming over from the Cubs last summer, he hit eight homers in 42 games with Class A Myrtle Beach. He then hit eight more in 29 games with Class A Winston-Salem and three in 18 games with Birmingham.

When Jimenez will reach the South Side is one of the biggest talking points surrounding the White Sox rebuild. But he's got just those 18 games under his belt at the Double-A level, and there's no reason to rush him while the rebuilding White Sox aren't expected to contend for a championship this season. General manager Rick Hahn said multiple times this offseason that a good developmental season for Jimenez could involve him staying in the minor leagues all year.

But Jimenez has also repeatedly talked about being ready for the majors. And if he tears up Double-A and Triple-A the way many White Sox fans expect him to, his big league arrival might not be too far off. Tim will tell, and that time starts Thursday.